I Am Back And It Was Quite An Adventure..

When I told you I was going to take some time off to re-think RJsCorner I had no idea of what was just ahead of me. The damage had already been done before I made the announcement so maybe that was a part of it.  I just returned from a three-day stay in the hospital for a “Subacute and Chronic Right Subdural Hematoma” otherwise know as a brain bleed and yes that meant brain surgery! It happened after a fall I took six days before while taking out some old barnyard fence at the homestead. More on that in tomorrow’s post.

Let’s concentrate today on what I decided before my hospital stay.  I was simply getting too bogged down in the politics of the day. Listening to the current Oval Office occupant’s constant lies and gross exaggeration was simply wearing me down, way down. I couldn’t see myself surviving for long on that primary diet so it was time for a very basic change. Change is my friend, so I am not opposed to it whenever I come across it. Even though politics has been a major draw here at RJsCorner I have decided to move it to the back burner. In that effort, I have even pulled the category topic from my header list and removed many of the past posts from the blog.

To keep my viewer count up and increasing, I am trying other ways to get some web traffic. As I had discovered previously my extensive use of block quotes, that is referencing others words has done some serious damage with search engines. When they see my quotes from others they call me “duplicate content” blog and badge my site as such. I don’t think that is fair but to appease the SEO (search engine optimizer) gods I will be using other methods to tell you where I got the idea for a post.

I know most of you don’t really care about what categories I have in my header as you only read the daily posts, but I take much effort to organize my historical posts so that will be an ongoing effort for the weeks ahead. But the primary change here will be to do more posts in my “In Search of America” section and particularly the new “Crayon Marks” areas.  I will also be spending more time on my “autobiography”, that is just plain old stories of my life as I remember them and maybe getting back to more retirement type posts. So, here we ago with a slightly different direction for RJsCorner. If you have any suggestions for other improvements please let me know. I would love to see what you would like to hear here.

Give Me A Break…

I am going to take off a few days  to consider a change here at RJ’s Corner. I can’t see being able to continue on as I have for four more years.  Maybe I need to shut down the “All I Know” category where I talk about the political happenings of the day. Maybe I need to get more focused on other areas of interest.  To do that I need to just shut down completely and look at my options.

I don’t see the possibility of just stopping blogging, so this isn’t a permanent hiatus just a change in directions. I will let you know what I have decided in a week or two.

The Public Work Force?

This post is going to be about some uncomfortable facts for my GOP friends. It is about how the public workforce has shrunk and become more efficient than the private workforce.

I’m sure that in the coming months all those department chiefs that CO3 has put in place and even CO3 himself will eventually come to realize that there are some very basic differences between public service and the private sector.

Mr. Ryan has been putting out plans to dismantle our society’s safety net for years now. But he too often cloaks the facts with “improving” instead of eliminating. If he wants to eliminate social security and Medicare I wish he would just come out and say so and let the electorate decide if that is something to be done.

But, I do agree with my GOP friends that there is one public sector group that I think does need to be privatized and that is the USPS. Before the age of paperless billing and other alternate methods of delivering our information this agency was absolutely necessary but today that just isn’t the case. I don’t remember the last time I ever got any meaningful documents through the mail? Being a public sector agency that has to compete directly with private sector competitors proves in itself that it no longer needs public support.

The military, which gobbles up the vast majority of discretionary spending shouldn’t be exempt from public funding cuts. One of the things I do agree with is that the U.S. should not be the policemen of the world. If that were to be accomplished we could easily cut defense spending by several orders of magnitude.  But that is another story..

*CO3 = Current Oval Office Occupant

Beulah..

5star-banner We lost our beloved Beulah about three years ago now, but I still think of her quite often. She was always entangled in my feet on the couch for the occasional afternoon naps.  Whenever I said anything that even remotely sounded like “walk” she would get excited and rush to the door.   We decided not to replace her as a new canine member of the household would likely outlive us.  I have had pets all my life and although I do love Dexter, our cat, it is just not the same.

I even got to admit that I kind of miss the snow too.  We only had a one-inch day so far and with the February days in the 60s, I don’t suspect we will get another. But global warming is just a hoax..  🙂

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